Coming into last night's game against Georgetown, Johns Hopkins running back Chuck Wotkowicz was known as a backup player.
Wotkowicz, a 5-foot-9, 177-pound freshman who started in place of the injured Hari Lymon and Rob Beach, charged into the
school record book with a 45-carry, 347-yard, two-touchdown performance to lead the Blue Jays to a 19-17 victory over the Hoyas before 1,142 at Homewood Field.
Wotkowicz entered the game with just 30 carries and 125 yards, although he had rushed for a team-high six touchdowns, mostly in short-yardage situations. Last night, he burned the Hoyas with short-, medium- and long-distance runs as Hopkins (4-3)
improved its home record to 4-0.
The previous rushing record was owned by Paul Ferreri (245 yards).
"I can't believe it. I didn't expect all of this stuff to happen in my freshman year," Wotkowicz said. "It was the offensive line. The holes were unreal. It seemed like I was in the secondary all night. It was like running in practice."
"Coming into the season, he [Wotkowicz] was our fifth running back. That [his performance] was ridiculous," Hopkins coach Jim Margraff said. "We didn't call that many plays. We had a simple game plan, but we expected to throw more."
Wotkowicz, whose best game in high school was 188 yards, saved the Blue Jays the trouble. Running through gaping holes in the Georgetown line, he ripped off huge chunks of yardage on dive plays, draws and counters, carrying the Blue Jays to most of their 26 first downs.
Wotkowicz also put the Blue Jays over the top after they struggled putting the ball in the Georgetown end zone in the first half. Despite piling up 265 yards on offense, including 184 on the ground by Wotkowicz, Hopkins trailed the Hoyas (2-3) at halftime 10-6.
"I figured I had maybe 80 yards at halftime," said Wotkowicz, who replaced Lymon after he re-injured his knee in last week's loss to Muhlenberg. "Our offensive line said at halftime that we were just going to run it down their throats."
Wotkowicz re-established his presence on the Blue Jays' opening drive of the second half. He opened with four runs for 53 yards to get them moving on a 66-yard drive, and he finished the march with his first score of the half, a 5-yard run that gave the Blue Jays a 12-10 lead three minutes into the third period.
He added a 7-yard run with 10:21 left in the game to make it 19-10.
The Hoyas cut the lead to 19-17 on their next drive on a 1-yard RTC run by Paul Uppole, but Georgetown's final drive stalled at midfield, and the Blue Jays ran out the clock.
Wotkowicz ran through huge holes in the Georgetown line throughout the first half. By halftime, he already had gained 184 yards on 20 carries.
Still, the Blue Jays wasted their first three drives and saw the Hoyas take a 3-0 lead on a 21-yard field goal by Brendan Gaughan with 10:18 left in the half.
Georgetown 0 10 0 7 -- 17
J. Hopkins 0 6 6 7 -- 19